A joint private memorial service for family and friends was held in Los Angeles for legendary Hollywood icons Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, who died one day apart last week.
Meryl Streep, Ellen Barkin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lea Michele, and Ed Begley Jr. were among the Hollywood stars spotted entering the family compound in the Coldwater Canyon area of Los Angeles.
Streep was pictured early on in the afternoon carrying white roses as she walked up the driveway on the gloomy afternoon.
Throughout the day on Thursday, there was a flurry of activity at the next door homes of the mother-daughter duo as the private memorial for the late actresses was held there for the family and close friends to mourn.
Fisher and Reynolds died last week, one day apart. Fisher, who had suffered a medical emergency on December 23 aboard a flight from London, died on December 27 at the age of 60.
Reynolds passed away on December 28 at age 84 after suffering a stroke at the Beverly Hills compound as she was making funeral arrangements for Fisher.
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Meryl Streep (above) was among the those spotted entering the compound in the Coldwater Canyon area of Los Angeles on Thursday where Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher lived
Streep was carrying white roses as she walked up the driveway on the gloomy Thursday afternoon to their compound (above)
Streep is set to deliver the eulogy for the actresses at the public memorial. Streep played Carrie Fisher in Postcards from the Edge and was a close friend of Debbie Reynolds
Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, is pictured above hugging an unknown woman at the private funeral on Thursay
Lourd and the woman chatted for a few moments on Thursday at the service, which was held at Debbie Reynolds’ home
Todd Fisher was photographed arriving at the home of his mother Debbie Reynolds for the memorial service wearing all black (above)
Fisher shared earlier in the week that his mother and sister would have joint memorial services. One would be for the public and the other for just family and friends to attend
Fisher and Reynolds died last week, one day apart. They are pictured above in 2015 at the Screen Actors Guild awards
‘She didn’t die of a broken heart. She just left to be with Carrie,’ Todd Fisher told ’20/20.’
Fisher and Reynolds will be buried together at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, reportedly on Friday.
Fisher has already been cremated, and some of her ashes will be placed into Reynolds’s coffin as she is buried in a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, TMZ reported.
The Star Wars icon’s brother, Todd Fisher, and her daughter, Billie Lourd, have been planning the funeral in the wake of the Hollywood actresses’ deaths last month.
The simultaneous ceremony was complicated by the two stars’ differing wills, with Fisher wanting to be cremated and Reynolds expressly wishing to be buried.
The solution was to place some of the Star Wars actress’s ashes with her mom.
Reynolds’s son told ABC’s ’20/20′ on Friday he was planning the joint service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California with the help of Lourd, his niece.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is pictured above at the joint private memorial for the mother-daughter duo on Thursday
Ryan (above) wore dark shades while arriving and departing the private memorial service for the actresses
Courtney Love and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain are pictured above attending the memorial service on Thursday
The mother-daughter duo both wore all black to the private memorial service on Thursday. Above they are pictured getting into an SUV to depart
A somber looking George Lucas is pictured above departing from Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds private family memorial on Thursday
Candace Bergen is pictured above leaving the private memorial service on Thursday in Los Angeles
Emma Roberts is pictured above after the memorial service for Reynolds and Fisher. Roberts stars in Scream Queens with Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis gives a peace sign to the camera while she leaves the memorial service in Los Angeles
A family source, quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, confirmed that there would also be an event at the Beverly Hills compound where Reynolds and Fisher were neighbors.
‘I’m not sure what they’re calling it – a funeral or a wake – but it will be Thursday at the house,’ the source said.
‘It will be exactly what they both wanted, to be together.’
The family is understood to be planning a public memorial during which Meryl Streep will read they keynote eulogy, although no plans have been announced as to when it will be held.
Streep played Carrie Fisher in Postcards from the Edge and was a close friend of Debbie Reynolds.
Lea Michele (left) and Ed Begley Jr. (right) are pictured above arriving to the private funeral service on Thursday
Ellen Barkin and daughter Romy Marion Byrne are pictured arriving on Thursday to the private memorial service
Fisher’s beloved dog, Gary, is seen above poking his head out amidst guest arrivals on Thursday
Gary looks to be a little confused as he patiently waits with a worker at the event on Thursday
Gary had often been photographed at Fisher’s side through the years, as she took him almost every where
It is thought the public ceremony will be more of a celebration of their work, where costumes from Singin’ in the Rain and Star Wars will be displayed.
The Star Wars cast and crew are expected to attend.
Lourd, 24, made her first public comment on the deaths of her mother and grandmother on Instagram Monday.
‘Receiving all of your prayers and kind words over the past week has given me strength during a time I thought strength could not exist,’ Lourd wrote under a picture of the three women.
‘There are no words to express how much I will miss my Abadaba and my one and only Momby.’
People inside and outside of show business have continued to mourn the two Hollywood legends.
Last week, fans created an impromptu star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame for Fisher, and peers like Star Wars’ Mark Hamill have written heartfelt tributes.
A dog grooming van arrives at the homes of Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher in Los Angeles on Thursday
The Star Wars icon’s brother, Todd Fisher, and her daughter, Billie Lourd, have been planning the funeral (above) in the wake of the Hollywood actresses’ deaths last month
A private security guard tells journalists to cross the street outside the homes of Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher in Los Angeles
Journalists stand outside the homes of Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher in Los Angeles
A private security guard talks to a driver arriving at the homes of Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher in Los Angeles
HBO bumped up plans to air the new Fisher Stevens-directed documentary about the mother, daughter duo, ‘Bright Lights,’ which is now set to air on Saturday.
Elsewhere Thursday, Broadway theaters announced plans to dim their marquee lights Friday night. The Broadway League says the lights will be dimmed for one minute at 7:45pm.
Reynolds and Fisher both made their Broadway debuts in 1973 in the musical comedy revival of ‘Irene,’ which earned Reynolds a Tony Award nomination. She also appeared on Broadway in ‘Woman of the Year’ and the musical revue ‘Debbie.’
Fisher’s Broadway credits include her one-woman show ‘Wishful Drinking,’ ‘Agnes of God’ and ‘Censored Scenes From King Kong.’
Other celebrities laid to rest at Forest Lawn include Bette Davis, Reynolds’s onscreen mother in A Catered Affair, and Reynolds’s close friend Liberace.
Silent film star Buster Keaton, Oscar-winning Rod Steiger and David Carradine, the star of Kung Fu and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films, are also buried there.
Los Angeles police officers and private security appear outside the homes of Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher in Los Angeles